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qfingers - \'Interview\' pulled after threat; U.S. says North Korea behind Sony hack - Quincy, IL News - Quincy
Exactly how much economic war do you need before responding? Just because it's done over the internet makes it no less effective. I suppose if they attack our power grid and knock out our power for a few months you're OK with that too? How do you demarcate the two? N Korea does not play well with others and if we don't respond they will continue to act with impunity. They don't…
migraine_in_qcy - \'Interview\' pulled after threat; U.S. says North Korea behind Sony hack - Quincy, IL News - Quincy
Hopefully Rogan and Franco can somehow get the rights for the movie from Sony and distribute it on their own. I would personally pay for a DVD of this movie, if nothing else just to show my support for freedom from dictators, oppressive regimes and terrorists.
UJacks1 - JWCC levy sees $172,775 increase - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
Don't know, but, I'd take a guess: Over the next 9 months and the last 3, QUincy has lost nearly 800 jobs - some of those 'mates' must move on with the one who lost the job. Drive around town - how many, so many, homes up for sale - might be an indicator of the economic situation in Qcy and IL. - time to move on outta here maybe? I doubt that anyone losing a job at Qcy Compressor…
1950Brutus - \'Interview\' pulled after threat; U.S. says North Korea behind Sony hack - Quincy, IL News - Quincy
I do not think this is the subject for drawing a line in the sand. Fifty years ago I read about how World War 1 started – assassination of an Archduke that set a series of events in motion that resulted in a World War – can you imagine that in 50 years people could read that World War 3 started over a movie starring Seth Rogan. Not an issue to ask people to die for. If we do retaliate we should do…
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Why Aren't We Retaliating Right Now for the Sony Cyberattack?

2 hours, 56 minutes ago

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20 hours, 6 minutes ago

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Watching Colbert Makes Conservatives Even More Conservative

22 hours, 28 minutes ago

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Anonymous Should Hack Sony and Leak 'The Interview'—for Freedom's Sake

22 hours, 31 minutes ago

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Stop Making Fun of North Korea

23 hours, 34 minutes ago

Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg didn’t expect any real fall-out to result from their co-directed film The Interview, which tells the story of two fratty journalists (think “Entertainment Tonight,” not “60 Minutes”) who are recruited by the CIA to assassinate Kim Jong-un. But the movi
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The Allure of Ugliness

1 day, 12 hours ago

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Pulling 'The Interview' Was a Terrible Business Decision

1 day, 17 hours ago

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1 day, 17 hours ago

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1 day, 18 hours ago

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Andrew "I'm Not a Scientist" Cuomo Listens to Scientists on Fracking

1 day, 19 hours ago

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How to Avoid the Common Cold: Hug as Many People as Possible

1 day, 19 hours ago

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In Israel, Mocking Hipsters Is Now a Political Statement

1 day, 21 hours ago

There’s an old Jewish joke that begins with two Jews being dragged by anti-Semites before a firing squad. One of the Jews cries out, “I am innocent! You must stop this barbarous act!” And the other Jew elbows him in the ribs and hisses, “Quiet down! You’ll upset them!” It is the mentali
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Republicans Believe in the Power of the Free Market—Except in Cuba, Apparently

1 day, 21 hours ago

On Thursday, the White House announced that Alan Gross and an unnamed Amercan spy would be released from Cuba in exchange for three Cuban spies. President Barack Obama, who campaigned on normalizing relations with Cuba in 2008, has described Gross’s captivity as one of the main impediments to neg
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What Life in Cuba Was Like After Castro's Revolution

1 day, 22 hours ago

Unless evasive action is taken early, the spirit of any visitor to a country experimenting in socialist methods is liable to be tamed by an organized tour of a collective farm. In Cuba, last month, a couple of other Western correspondents and myself were rescued by a group of Russians from a hot mid
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Why We Need Museums Now More Than Ever

2 days ago

Museums have long attracted rather woeful comparisons to mausoleums, tombs, and crime scenes, among other sites of death and decay. The French writer Paul Valéry once lamented that only in the museum do we “put the art of the past to death.” Just a few decades later, the German philosopher Theo
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What Pakistan Must Do to Rid Itself of Violent Extremism

2 days, 1 hour ago

When gunmen from the Pakistani Taliban stormed an army-run school in Peshawar on Tuesday and killed 145 people, including 132 children, they had two aims: to inflict maximal suffering on the people, and
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Don't Be Fooled by China's Cooperation Lately. Xi Jinping Wants to Reform the International Order.

2 days, 1 hour ago

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2 days, 11 hours ago

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Stop Celebrating the Ruble's Collapse. Cheap Oil Could Come Back to Bite the American Economy

2 days, 14 hours ago

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Israel's Rightward Lurch Won't Help Netanyahu Keep His Job

2 days, 14 hours ago

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Elizabeth Warren Is a Much Bigger Underdog Against Hillary Than Obama Was in 2006

2 days, 19 hours ago

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2 days, 20 hours ago

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2 days, 20 hours ago

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2 days, 22 hours ago

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W.H. Auden's Cheeky Tribute to Sigmund Freud

2 days, 22 hours ago

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2 days, 22 hours ago

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2 days, 23 hours ago

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3 days, 12 hours ago

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3 days, 14 hours ago

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Elizabeth Warren Won't Rule Out a Presidential Run. Here's What She Might Be Thinking.

3 days, 22 hours ago

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Does Gay Male Culture Have a Misogyny Problem?

3 days, 23 hours ago

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4 days, 11 hours ago

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"I’ve Seen All Sorts of Horrific Things in My Time. But None as Detrimental to the Country as This."

4 days, 12 hours ago

It’s lunchtime at Maritza Grande’s oceanside restaurant in the Fonseca Gulf of Honduras. She scurries from the kitchen, where she is frying fish and plantains and chopping lettuce, to the bar, where she pries caps off soda bottles. Teenage boys sit at the restaurant’s picnic tables, drinking c
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GOP Congressman Destroys Ted Cruz's Argument Against the Government Funding Bill

4 days, 14 hours ago

On Friday afternoon, retiring Congressman Tim Griffin appeared on "The Doc Washburn Show," a conservative talk radio show, to defend his vote for th
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The Watered-Down Climate Deal Won't Be Enough to Stop Global Warming

4 days, 15 hours ago

A rare amount of optimism marked the beginning of a climate change conference two weeks ago in Lima, Peru. Before the conference, President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping stood side-by-side to announce the world’s biggest polluters would 
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The Climate Agreement in Lima Isn't Enough. Here's a Better Solution.

4 days, 15 hours ago

It's well known that Republicans base their climate change policy on scientific fallacy. But Democrats and the European Union do so, too—not of earth science, but social science. Their core belief—that a worldwide agreement to reduce emissions is the best policy to pursue—flies in the face of
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The Year in Television: The Best Scenes of 2014

5 days, 3 hours ago

Inside Amy Schumer It’s been a banner year for “Comedy Central”: the premieres of “Broad City” and “Review,” the return of “Key and Peele,” and an increasingly confident second season of “Inside Amy Schumer.” In the latter, Schumer offered a twisted take on gender norms and se
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Marine Le Pen Is Making the French Establishment Extremely Nervous

5 days, 14 hours ago

On a rainy November morning, dockers from Calais are firing flares in protest against port job losses outside the regional council in Lille, the capital of France’s old industrial north. Inside the plush chamber, a tall, solidly built blonde woman in jeans and boots crooks a leg over her knee and
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Stop Eviscerating the Harvard Professor Who Threatened to Sue a Chinese Restaurant Over $4. He Has a Point.

6 days ago

By now even Ben Edelman thinks Ben Edelman is fairly despicable. He's the now-infamous Harvard Business School professor who threatened to sue a Chinese restaurant for overcharging him $4 on a take-out meal. The consensus is that he's a cheap, entitled bully and that the immigrant restaurant owne
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Is the West Teaching the Developing World to Stigmatize Fat People?

6 days, 16 hours ago

In 1989, obesity researchers Jeffery Sobal and Albert Stunkard reviewed 144 studies and discovered an inverse correlation between a woman’s weight and her social and economic status in nearly all developed nati
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This One Sentence Captures the Huge Challenges Facing the Unemployed

6 days, 17 hours ago

In the New York Times Friday, Binyamin Appelbaum published a deep, reported look at the declining labor-force participation of male
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A 20-Minute Chat With a Gay Person Made People Much More Supportive of Gay Marriage

6 days, 17 hours ago

There are many reasons to be skeptical of the idea that you can change someone’s mind on a hot-button political issue simply by talking to them. We hold many of our political beliefs close, and our brains are built in a way to filter out and discount evidence that challenges them. That’s part of
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It's Depressing How Many Americans Still Support Torture

6 days, 18 hours ago

The release of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s torture report on Tuesday elicited well-
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We Thought the Tiananmen Square Protests Meant the End of Communism. We Were Wrong.

6 days, 19 hours ago

This is finals week in China, so here’s an essay question:Corazon Aquino, Mohandas Gandhi, Mikhail Gorbachev, Patrick Henry, Martin Luther King Jr., Abraham Lincoln, Mao Zedong, Karl Marx, Henry David Thoreau, Voltaire. The names on this alphabetical list have something important in common. Di
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Ridley Scott's 'Exodus' Proves the "Bible Movies" Trend Is Nonsense

6 days, 21 hours ago

Everyone knows that 2014 is supposed to be the Year of Bible Movies. Back at the end of 2013, the Telegraph's Nick Allen wrote a story that predicted “Biblical films
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We Just Witnessed the Most Important Day in Politics All Year

6 days, 21 hours ago

Until the country came to be governed by serial brinksmanship, the writing and passage of annual spending bills weren’t huge stories in American politics, and you had to be unusually attuned to the content and the process to understand the political currents underlying both. When problems arose, t
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How Flaubert Changed Literature Forever

6 days, 22 hours ago

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The Week Elizabeth Warren Decided to Run for President

6 days, 22 hours ago

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Pope Francis Says Dogs Go to Heaven, Fails to Mention the Bible Hates Dogs

6 days, 22 hours ago

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IUD Use Has Almost Doubled Since 2010

6 days, 23 hours ago

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Technology Is Ruining Our Memories—And Also Might Be Making Us Smarter

1 week ago

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CIA Director John Brennan Just Accidentally Undermined Guantánamo's War Court

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The Debate Over Sexual Assault Needs to Move Beyond the Campus

1 week ago

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1 week ago

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1 week ago

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1 week, 1 day ago

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1 week, 1 day ago

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1 week, 1 day ago

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1 week, 1 day ago

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As the British Empire Was Falling Apart, Gandhi Gave This Advice to the Rest of Asia

1 week, 2 days ago

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Elizabeth Warren's Latest Wall Street Attack Was Her Boldest Yet

1 week, 2 days ago

If anyone thought that Senator Elizabeth Warren would ease up on her battle with the White House over Treasury Undersecretary for Domestic Finance nominee Antonio Weiss, they can put such thoughts to bed. In a speech today at the “Managing the Economy” conference in Washington organized by sever
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A Letter to Our Readers

1 week, 2 days ago

Dear readers,Today I want to address the recent changes at The New Republic on our own pages. It is important to me to outline the vision for this critically important institution.I joined The New Republic as Chief Executive Officer in mid-October after lengthy discussions with our
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1 week, 2 days ago

Imagine two people on a blind date. Who sets the tone? Who picks the topics? You might think it’s the more attractive person—but new research suggests that the factors influencing conversational dominance are not what you might expect. In a
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Mitch McConnell Has a Clever Strategy to Box In Obama and End Senate Gridlock. He Should Do It.

1 week, 3 days ago

Several commenters, including The New Republic's Danny Vinik, have made light of Mitch McConnell’s
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On October 22, Abdel Rahman al-Shaloudy plowed his car into a Jerusalem bus stop, killing a baby and young woman. A week later, a second driver
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Mitch McConnell Will Not Rest Until Obamacare Is Dead

1 week, 3 days ago

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The Senate Should Cancel Its Own Christmas and Stay in Session Until 2015

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Assuming Democrats and Republicans agree on a bill to fund the government by Thursday, House Speaker John Boehner has told his members that they will recess after that. Despite Senate Majority Leader Harr
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Obama's Immigration Plan Is a Game Changer for Undocumented Construction Workers

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Want to See How Homophobic We Still Are? Go to a Restaurant.

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When I was about three, my mum explained the rules of restaurant-going to me. You stay in your seat. You use cutlery. You say your pleases and thank-yous. You, preferably, don’t have a tantrum. In adulthood, I like to think I’ve remained true to these instructions. One restaurant rule she failed
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Stop Checking Your Email So Often. It's Stressing You Out.

1 week, 6 days ago

There's a lot of anecdotal evidence suggesting that email addiction leads to stress and unhappiness. Now, for the first time, researchers have tested this idea directly and found that, yep, there are probably positive psychological benefits to intentionally ignoring your email whenever possible. In
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The Hopeful, Anxious Mood the Day Before Charles Lindbergh's Historic Trans-Atlantic Flight

1 week, 6 days ago

From the editors, 1927: The following article was written the day before Lindbergh left on his successful flight. Among the other things accomplished by his triumph was the withdrawal of the Bellanca plane about which the commercial bickerings centered, leaving the issue cleanly drawn between th
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Republicans Are Responsible for Heightened Fiscal Uncertainty

1 week, 6 days ago

On Wednesday in the New York Times, Jonathan Weisman offered a gloomy forecast for the year ahead i
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The Laws Protecting Pregnant Workers Are Incredibly Unclear

2 weeks ago

The Supreme Court heard arguments yesterday related to the question of whether employers have to provide special accommodations to their pregnant employees. In 2009, a pregnant UPS driver named Peggy Young requested light-duty work, as recommended by her doctor. Instead, UPS put her on unpaid leave.
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It's Time the U.S. Paid Reparations to the Prisoners It Tortured

2 weeks ago

The past month has been a relatively good one for the U.S. policy on torture. The military transferred
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Why Do We Treat Child Sex-Trafficking Victims Like Criminals?

2 weeks ago

Tina Frundt was only nine when her foster parents sold her for sex for the first time. At 13, she became friends with a man who convinced her to run away with him from Chicago to Ohio. He then trafficked her all over the U.S. in states such as Iowa, Arkansas, and Atlanta, according to Frundt. A
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A Visit to the Secret Town in Tennessee That Gave Birth to the Atomic Bomb

2 weeks ago

Eighteen miles west of Knoxville lies the town of Oak Ridge, birthplace of the atomic bomb. We drove over a recently constructed road and I asked the driver, a young private, when the road was built and how far it extended. He smiled obligingly, hesitated and finally said: “Suppose it’s perfectl
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This Radiohead Song Perfectly Explains John Boehner's Immigration Problem

2 weeks ago

As you may have expected, House Speaker John Boehner’s plan to completely surrender in the fight over President Obama’s deferred deportation program, and pass it off as a strategic
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Rand Paul Just Gave the Islamic State Exactly What It Wants

2 weeks, 1 day ago

On Wednesday, Senator Rand Paul introduced a “Declaration of War” against the Islamic State. The measure says that a “state of war exists between the organization referring to itself as the Islamic State (ISIS) and the gover
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Why the Left and Right Are Both Angry at Eric Garner's Death

2 weeks, 1 day ago

The description of events is sadly familiar. A white cop kills an unarmed black man. A grand jury, after hearing all the evidence from a prosecutor, declines to indict the officer. Protesters take to the streets demanding justice. No, this isn’t the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mis
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@CBSSports920 Yes, Mayor Slay played at Quincy College.
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@CBSSports920 @franfraschilla is doing the Bragging Rights game, I believe.
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Bob Gough 1 hour, 38 minutes ago

RT @Fran Fraschilla: Get to cross off Braggin' Rights game between Illini and Mizzou off my "bucket list" Saturday. Both teams in search of identity.
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